Those dreadful numbers


I’ve lost count
Of the times
I’ve needed numbers
To be even, not odd

Yet I know
How irrational it seems
To place my destiny
In digits like these

It offers comfort
And control
To do something twice
Not once, nor more

(c) Sanch – Living my Imperfect Life (2014)

photo credit: tubb via photopin cc

Until next time,


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  • Bikram
    23 July 2014 at 1:55 am

    hmmm true .. I sit down to find six digits to put a lottery and cant find which one to choose , os i giuve up

    no wonder i have not won a lottery ever 🙂

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  • Tina
    23 July 2014 at 4:50 am

    A glimpse of OCD, perhaps? I guess that we all for little rituals to help us get through the day. Well done!
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  • Jennifer Knoblock
    24 July 2014 at 1:13 am

    Ah, and so clever how you’ve balanced your phrases in twos: even, not odd; comfort and control; not once, nor more. Love the very rational voice in this.
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  • Meg
    24 July 2014 at 7:47 am

    To echo Jennifer’s comment, I also love the very rational tone in this. You so neatly reproduce the anxiety of anxiety disorders, like OCD. (I used to have an irrational fear that I would drive straight into a truck, so much that I was convinced that I would make myself do it.) The tight phrasing here evokes that need for control. Nicely done!
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  • Swathi Shenoy
    24 July 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I have felt it too! Wanting the numbers to be even not odd, always! Don’t know why it irritates me but it does!
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  • Suzy
    24 July 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Luckily I don’t have that need but I can see how it would drive someone crazy if the odd numbers showed up.
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  • Shailaja V
    24 July 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Oh you share my OCD 😀 Especially when I am walking down the stairs, counting birds, I always have to end on an even number and a round one is even better 😉 Lovely picture too, Sanch!
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      24 July 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Haha…I must admit I don’t count as much. It was based a bit on a client with OCD but they have odd numbers as ‘good’ numbers. I do like my volume on the TV or stereo to be an even number or else a multiple of 5. That’s my OCD.! 😀

  • Shalini
    24 July 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Unfortunately, I go for odd! 😛 I keep picking up “Gems” chocolate till I get an odd number-~~
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      24 July 2014 at 11:32 pm

      I have a client at the moment with OCD who goes for odd numbers. The only odd numbers I like are 5s… 🙂

  • that cynking feeling
    25 July 2014 at 1:15 am

    I’ve been reading through the comments, so I know that you personally don’t have OCD. Yet, the voice in this was so believable, I thought you were sharing a glimpse into your own experience. Well done.
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  • Esther
    25 July 2014 at 1:35 am

    This is a lovely little sentiment about superstition/OCD. I’ve shared this experience. How wonderful that you are so sensitive to your client’s issue.
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  • Nate
    25 July 2014 at 7:27 am

    I liked the double meaning of “not odd” – the literal sense of the numbers but also the idea that the narrator didn’t want to be thought of as odd. Nice work!

  • Aditi
    25 July 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Cute verses…what got you yo write this? 🙂
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      30 July 2014 at 5:21 am

      Thanks Aditi…I’m currently working with a client with OCD who has a thing about numbers. And I personally prefer even numbers and multiples of 5 over odd! :p